Rea Vaya drivers set to strike

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A Rea Vaya bus is seen at the Orlando bus stop in Soweto, Johannesburg. File photo: Leon Nicholas

Johannesburg - Johannesburg's Rea Vaya bus drivers will strike from Monday, the Gauteng Community Safety Department said.

Bus drivers would work from 5am until 8am on Monday, then go on strike “until further notice”, spokesman Obed Sibasa said in a statement on Sunday.

“Passengers are advised to look for alternative transport in the afternoon and after work until further notice.”

Sibasa urged commuters to arrive early at taxi ranks and bus stops.

In a separate matter, the Gauteng transport department had planned a meeting on Monday in an attempt to resolve tension between two taxi associations - Meadowlands, Diepkloof North (MDN) and the Baragwanath, Meadowlands Taxi Association (BMTA).

Representatives of the Top Six, MDN and BMTA associations and the Gauteng government were expected to be at the meeting.

“It is alleged the fight for routes between the two associations led to the death of MDN owner Mzayifani Mpongose,” said Sibasa.

This was due to week-long MDN drivers' strike, which started last Monday and ended on Sunday following a meeting between drivers, said Sibasa.

Mpongose was shot and killed in Orlando West, Soweto, last Saturday. No arrests had been made and police were investigating.

“According to owner-driver Joe Mcunu, drivers will be back at work tomorrow (Monday) and taxis will be operating from Meadowlands and surrounding areas to town (Johannesburg CBD),” Sibasa said.

“The Bara-Meadowlands route is still a stalemate pending the outcome of the department of transport meeting tomorrow (Monday).” - Sapa


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